17.01.2021 - online

Whose legacy is it? - debate

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Soon, POLIN Museum will open a new section of its core exhibition called the Legacy gallery. The gallery will be devoted to the Polish Jews whose accomplishments exceeded their times and cultural field, among them Julian Tuwim, David Ben-Gurion, Rosa Luxemburg, Ludwik Zamenhof or Helena Rubinstein.

Why them and not others? Why is the gallery being opened now, and how does it correspond with the presentation of the 1000-year history of the Polish Jews? On 17 January, Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, chief curator of the POLIN core exhibition, Professor Dariusz Stola, former director of POLIN Museum, and Dr Tamara Sztyma, POLIN Museum curator will answer these and many other questions.

During the meeting—moderated by Jacek Żakowski, journalist of “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily and “Polityka” weekly—the guests will talk about the difficult process of creating the new gallery and about the challenges they faced while working on the selection of its protagonists and themes. They will talk about the earlier concepts for the gallery and the controversies they stirred. By presenting the Legacy gallery before it formally opens, we encourage our audience to reflect upon the achievements of Polish Jews and the impact they exerted on both Jewish and Polish communities, and on the entire world.

The meeting will launch the POLIN Legacy program planned for the year 2021 and aimed at educating the Museum audience on the impact the Polish Jews made on art, science or politics. The individuals presented in the new exposition and their oeuvre will be discussed during numerous debates and meetings. Their compositions will be performed during concerts held at our Museum. We will invite you to guided tours of the exhibition and to discussions devoted to books. We have also planned film screenings, urban walks and family workshops.


Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett - University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University, is best known for her interdisciplinary contributions to Jewish studies and to the theory and history of museums, tourism, and heritage. She is currently Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition and Advisor to the Director of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw.

Tamara Sztyma – who holds a PhD in art history, was a curator during the creation of the Core Exhibition and is currently a curator in the Exhibition Department of POLIN Museum.

Dariusz Stola - Professor of History at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, was a fellow at the Center for Migration Research, University of Warsaw, and was Director of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews from 2014 to 2019.


Jacek Żakowski - a journalist and publicist,is former President of the Polish Information Agency, publicist at "Gazeta Wyborcza," a journalist at "Polityka" weekly, and head of the Department of Journalism at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw.


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